Facebook Warning Hoax: Social Network Releases Statement On Fake Copyright Messages

Have you seen some official looking messages about privacy and copyrights pop up on your Facebook timeline today? Well, don’t worry, it’s just a hoax. The social networking site released a statement today saying that it’s policy about privacy hasn’t changed.

Facebook writes on its website:

“There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users’ information or the content they post to the site. This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms. They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been.”

The Inquisitr reported earlier that several Facebook users posted a message on Facebook in order to opt-out of the Facebook money machine. People posted the following message believing that this simple statement would keep Facebook’s greedy hands away from their pictures and information.

The statement read:

“In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc…. For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!”

That’s cute and all but it has absolutely no legal standing.

The Facebook warning hoax incorrectly stated that the social networking site had changed its privacy policy but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be concerned about Facebook’s legal terms. Facebook has a bunch of terms and conditions that you automatically agree to when you use their service. If you’re worried about your privacy on Facebook you should probably take a moment to read through this. And if you don’t like what you read, well, then you should probably delete your account.

You could try posting a defiant legal sounding message on your wall but that really isn’t going to do anything.

Did you fall for the Facebook warning hoax?